log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Climate change & human pressure mean migration may not be worth it for animals IN SHORT >> 4 more die, 19 Covid deaths in last 5 days PANAJI: Goa lost four more people to Covid taking the toll in the last five days to 19 and the total victim count at 3,354. 80 of the 4189 samples tested positive for Covid in the last 24 hours and the positivity rate stood at 1.9 per cent. Uproar in Colva over mobile tower work MARGAO: Colva witnessed an uproar on late Tuesday evening over a mobile tower construction after locals took to the streets to protest over the work being carried out after sunset. The Colva police rushed to the site and directed the contractor not to take up the work during the nighttime. >> See pg 2 No further deadline on clinical waste MARGAO: The government has told the Margao council to stop collecting biomedical waste from the healthcare facilities. The MMC has been asked to direct the healthcare facilities to hand over their biomedical waste to the common facility at Kundaim run by Ms Biotic Waste Solutions. >> See pg 2 Another roadblock for Vasco fish market Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 123 GOA 6 The Goan (Playstore) 2022: Birthday boy Filipe Neri keeps his cards close to chest 2 LUCKNOW: Declaring their first pledge for the upcoming polls, AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday announced to reserve 40 per cent party tickets for women for the 2022 Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. WEATHER >> Max: 32 C Min: 25 C Humidity: 78% TIDES Low: High: 4:26 10:36 16:47 23:21 EDIT Curtains down on session: All is well, that ends well? 4 INTENSE DEBATE IN THE ASSEMBLY ON THE BILLS ON FINAL DAY THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The two-day ‘farewell’ assembly session concluded, but not before the Opposition forced the government to refer two bills to the Select Committee. After an intense debate led by Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte and Opposition Leader Digambar Kamat, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant acceded to the pleas of referring the two bills -- the Goa Preservation of Trees (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and The Goa (Verification of Tenants) Bill, 2021, to the Select Committee for further study. The two bills were introduced by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in the House on Monday. Khaunte maintained that provisions of Section 7 of the Goa Preservation of Trees Hope to see you again after 2022 elections, says Kamat Legislators pose for a photograph in the Assembly complex on the last day of the two-day ‘farewell’ session. (Amendment) Bill, 2021 seek to dilute the scope of the earlier bill, reducing the governing body into an advisory role. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant agreed to refer the bills to the Select Committee headed by him after the Opposition raised objections against the Goa Preservation of Trees (Amendment) Bill. At one point, Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco was reminding Sawant that the decision to rush with these crucial bills could have an adverse effect since elections are round the corner. The Goa Preservation of Trees (Amendment) Bill aims to redefine the definition of tree, while The Goa (Verification of Tenants) Bill aims to give legal backing to the >Continued on P5 PANAJI: Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat left the members of the Legislative Assembly speechless when he rose to deliver his “farewell speech”. While thanking all and sundry for being part of the journey, Kamat prayed all the legislators to win and return to the Assembly post-elections. “I hope to see all of you back once again”, he stated while thanking the members of the Opposition and the treasury benches. He said while clashing with the government on issues, it was the sole responsibility that was being discharged as people’s representatives and there were no personal scores to settle. Kamat also acknowledged the 50th year of senior legislator Pratapsing Rane and hoped that he continues his journey and sets a national record for being the longest-serving people’s representative. Earlier, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant thanked his colleagues and the Opposition members for playing their part in the Legislative Assembly. Goa govt seeks possession of Karwar islands IN TRUE EID SPIRIT THE GOAN I NETWORK Rain claims 34 lives in Uttarakhand 40% tickets in UP for women: Cong RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Govt bows to Oppn pressure, sends 2 bills to select panel VASCO: The long-pending project of a new Vasco fish market has hit another roadblock after Vasco market fish vendors on Monday refused to shift to a newly built temporary structure till wholesalers selling fish around the fish market were stopped from doing business. >> See pg 3 UTTARAKHAND: Thirty-four people are dead as heavy rainfall battered Uttarakhand for a third straight day, leaving authorities fearing for the lives of many more who may be trapped under debris and in flooded areas. >> See pg 7 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday Children wearing masks wave flags while participating in a procession to mark the birth anniversary of prophet Muhammad in Panaji. Narayan Pissurlenkar Bicholim school switches to online exam after student tests positive THE GOAN I NETWORK BICHOLIM A school in Bicholim switched from offline to online exams after one student reportedly tested positive for Covid. The Sankhali CHC Health Officer Dr Uttam Dessai has, however, said the incident has caused unnecessary pan- ic as the situation was totally under control. According to reports, the Std 10 student had tested Covid positive a few days ago and did not answer his exam on Monday. The school made enquiries and found that he had tested positive. As a precautionary measure, the school then decided to conduct the exam in online mode. When contacted, Sankhali CHC Health Officer Dr Uttam Dessai said the incident had caused unnecessary panic. “The boy had not come to school at all and had tested positive a few days ago. Hence, there was no need for panic. The situation is completely under control,” said Dr Dessai. PANAJI Goa government has appealed to the Centre seeking possession of 12 islands near Karwar. Goa has recently written to the Union Home Ministry regarding the matter and the letter has also been forwarded to the Karnataka government. The state has staked claim over Anjidiva, Kurmagada, Devgad, Shimsigudda, Sese Gunji, Janigudda, Madali Gadda and other islands. These islands are within 12 to 15 nautical miles off the Karnataka coast and fall legally within the limits of the state. But surprisingly, no effort has been made to document them within the state’s boundary. Karwar Deputy Commissioner Mullai Muhilan has sent the details pertaining to the islands by marking their latitude and longitude. Following Goa’s action, Karnataka too has identified 57 islands within the Uttar Kannada district’s limits and staked claim over them. After the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese in 1961, the islands that were under its jurisdiction were not transferred to Karnataka, and have remained still as part of Goa. Taking advantage of the anomaly, the neighbouring state is now demanding that the islands be handed over to it immediately. 8 SPORTS Under the cosh, Solskjaer set to shake up Man United Bhumiputra Bill will not be sent for guv’s assent, says Sawant THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday assured the State Legislative Assembly that the Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill, 2021 will not be sent to the governor for assent thereby laying to rest the controversy over the fate of the bill. “The bill is with the law department and will not go for assent,” Sawant said before the regular proceedings of the second day of the assembly session could kick-off. The CM was forced to make the statement after Revenue Minister, Jennifer Monserrate, in her written reply had stated that the bill has been referred to the governor through the law department for his assent which was front-paged by The Goan on Tuesday. The Revenue Minister also hurriedly clarified on the issue stating that the bill was not sent to the governor as stated by her in the unstarred question. “The answer to the unstarred question stands corrected as the bill is with the law department,” Monserrate said. Earlier, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai asked the CM to come clean on whether the bill was allowed to be lapsed or it was with the law department and will later go for assent to the governor. “Let us not play with words. Bhumiputra bill is a controversial bill which was passed without discussion in the House,” Sardesai said. The chief minister then promptly cleared the air and stated that the bill will not be sent for assent. Monserrate, in a written reply to an unstarred question tabled by the Fatorda MLA had stated that the bill has been referred to the governor through the law department for his assent. >Continued on P5 Opposition slams brakes on substandard highway work Demands action against contractors THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA The poor quality and chaotic work while undertaking the ongoing expansion of the four-lane national highway from Patradevi to Canacona rocked the State Legislative Assembly with the Opposition slamming the government for treating the contractor with kid gloves and demanding action against him. The Opposition said people travelling on the highways were put under severe stress and motorists faced nightmares while negotiating the treacherous stretches, sometimes at the risk of their lives. When Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte raised the issue at the Question Hour, several MLAs from the opposition benches demanded half an hour discussion on the matter as it was an “important” issue. However, Deputy Speaker Isidore Fernandes, who was in the chair, denied it. Khaunte said the work on the highway was undertaken in such a haphazard manner that water pipelines were repeatedly damaged, underground power cables snapped, roads broken and debris dumped in fields put- Govt says DPR for ethanol plant at Sanjivani within 45 days PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday assured the Goa Assembly that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the ethanol plant at Sanjivani Sugar Factory would be complete within 45 days. He said Centre has given approval for an interest subvention loan of Rs 54.76 crore for the ethanol plant. >> See pg 3 ting the public under great hardship. He said for the last three years he and Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar have been raising issues concerning the highway work and seeking corrections but the engineers concerned appeared helpless. “From North to South Goa, everybody is suffering. Nobody is against development. Good roads are required. But today the contractors who have been given the job are become a law unto themselves. No engineer is taking responsibility,” Khuante rued. Admitting that bursting of pipeline had affected water supply in Bardez, PWD Minister, Deepak Pauskar informed the pipeline has now been shifted and such incidents would not take place further. He also said that the con- tractor M V Rao bore the expenses while repairing pipelines and even shifting these. Khuante said the highway works undertaken by the contractor was substandard and defective and therefore sought action against him for the flaws he has done in the last four years along the Patradevi to Porvorim route. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant informed the House that two show-cause notices were issued to two different contractors and the national highway authorities have also been informed. “We have issued the showcause notices. Whatever action that has to be taken will have to be taken by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MORTH). The >Continued on P5 Study notes India’s R-value Auto industry hit by semiconductor shortage: FADA below 1 since September GOA MUST IMPLEMENT NEW THE GOAN I NETWORK PTI MUMBAI India’s R-value, which reflects how rapidly the coronavirus pandemic is spreading, has remained below 1 since September, suggesting that the infection rate is declining, according to a study. The Reproduction number or R refers to how many people an infected person infects on an average. In other words, it tells how ‘efficiently’ a virus is spreading. An R-value smaller than 1 means the disease is spreading slowly. Conversely, if R is greater than 1, the number of infected people is increasing in each round – technical- ly, this is what is called the epidemic phase. The bigger the number than 1, the faster the rate of spreading of the disease in the population. According to figures calculated by researchers of the Chennai-based Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the R-value of top 10 states with most number of active cases was below 1 till October 18. However, some of the cities continue to show a rising number of active cases. Kolkata has an R-value over 1, perhaps unsurprising given the mass gatherings during the (recently-concluded) Durga Puja, said Sitabhra Sinha, who is leading the research. Bengaluru also has R-value over 1 it has been so ever since mid-September while the R-values of Chennai, Pune and Mumbai are just below 1. The country’s R-value, calculated between September 25 and October 18, was 0.90. Between August 30 and September 3, the value was 1.11. It started declining since then the R-value was 0.94 between September 4 and 7, 0.86 between September 11 and 15, 0.92 between September 14 and 19 and 0.87 between September 17 and 21, as per the study. VASCO he Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) National President Vinkesh Gulati on Tuesday said a severe shortage of semiconductors had led to a drop in automobile manufacture by about 30-50 per cent, with the waiting period for vehicles ranging from 6 months to one year. Gulati was speaking to reporters during his visit to Vasco in the presence of Prashant Joshi, President of Goa Automobile Dealers Association (GADA). “The shortage of semiconductors (chips) began in the pandemic and it has affected not only vehicles but other electronic equipment at a time when the demand has boomed.” T GROUND REALITY Semiconductor shortage began in the pandemic and it has affected not only vehicles but other electronic equipment at a time when the demand has boomed Setting up of a semiconductor unit takes around two years, while the time frame for a semiconductor from order to delivery takes two months The auto industry is in discussions with the government to get foreign players to set up a semiconductor unit in the country “The shortage has hit the automobile industry severely since the last one year and has become worse in the last three months, with production of a major player and market leader like Maruti going down by 50 per cent in the last two months. The industrial produc- tion of different models and brands is down by around 3040 per cent,” said Gulati. Gulati said setting up of a semiconductor unit takes around two years, while the time frame for a semiconductor from order to delivery takes two months. CMVR RULES, SAYS GADA VASCO: Goa Automobile Dealers Association (GADA) President Prashant Joshi on Tuesday said the State government must implement the new Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR) and stop the RTO physical approval system for registration of new vehicles to enable ease of business and comfort to customers. “The process of online registration has been there for over 15 years and has improved over the years. Today, we are in a good position to do online registration at the dealer point, which is open 24x7.” >> See pg 3 “We are in discussions with the government to get foreign players to set up a unit in the country,” he stated. Meanwhile, given the acute shortage of vehicles, Gulati has appealed to customers not to be picky about the choice of variant or colour and to pick up any vehicle available in the showroom. “If customers are interested in buying a vehicle and if the showroom does not have their choice of variant or colour, we suggest that they buy >Continued on P5
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